Mar 14, 2019 (Agencia EFE via COMTEX) —
Bangkok Desk, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- A senior Facebook Inc. executive viewed as a potential successor to Mark Zuckerberg abruptly stepped down Thursday, signaling that he disagrees with the CEO’s new focus on private messaging at the social-networking giant, Dow Jones Newswires reported in an article made available to EFE.
Chris Cox, one of Facebook’s early engineers and a close friend of Mr. Zuckerberg, said he decided to leave the company to enable new leadership to pull off the shift in direction. Ten months ago, Mr. Cox was promoted to oversee the company’s three main platforms: Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
WhatsApp unit head Chris Daniels also stepped down on Thursday.
The moves together show that Mr. Zuckerberg’s stated plan to focus more on private messaging – and less on public sharing – is roiling the company he founded, including a second management shuffle in less than a year.
While Mr. Cox, 36 years old, didn’t explicitly state a reason for his departure, he said Facebook’s pivot would benefit from different leadership. In a previous role, Mr. Cox oversaw the Facebook News Feed, which will be less prominent under the new structure Mr. Zuckerberg is planning.
“This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through,” Mr. Cox wrote in a statement. He thanked Mr. Zuckerberg for “creating this place, and for the chance to work beside a dear friend for over thirteen years.”
A week ago, Mr. Zuckerberg said Facebook plans to offer encrypted messaging across all its major products and allow people to make conversations ephemeral. That would boost privacy and enable conversations held more like in a living room, rather than the public square, and also allow the company to offer